Quote: Colombia is negotiating an estimated $200 million purchase of 24 ex-Israeli air force Kfir fighters to be upgraded with new electronic systems by Israel Aerospace Industries. The aircraft would replace Colombia's ageing fleet of 12 Kfirs and 12 Dassault Mirage 5COAs.
"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
This gives me an idea. Since Colombia wants to replace their Mirage 5s and seems to be on good terms with Washington, while Venezuela has a hard time getting spares for its Falcons but appears to have a working relationship with France - why don't they exchange fighters? It might ease tension between them and pave the way for reunification.
Colombia has asked for F-16's several times but, believe it or not, the US flipped them off.
Why?. Depends on who you ask. Some say political reasons, others say that Colombia wanted new-builts Block 50 at way-to-cheap prices, etc.
Though this purchase was made because of a lack of funds to buy anything better. Of any origin.
Quoting Lumberton (Reply 5): Then there's the fact that many Columbian pilots are already qualified to fly the Kfir.
Considering that this would actually be the first colombian fighter equiped with an actual pulse-doppler radar, among other new capabilities they never had before. It won't be as easy.
AKeep in mind that Colombia hasn't even gotten their first Turbofan-equipped jet, and that they got their first AAM's ever in 1997, in the shape of Python 3's.
Venus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1432 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8527 times:
At least the Columbians will be able to get parts if any embargo happens, Israel and any other suppliers for the J-79 engine the Kfir has will be easy to aquire parts. The Iranians seem to have no proplems getting parts for their J-79 equipped F-4's and their J-85 equipped F-5's
Acheron From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1504 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8412 times:
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 10): Columbia can get what ever they want from France. All they have to do is be willing to pay the French asking price.
Of course. Problem is, the US congress will see that as "wait, they have enough money to afford brand new french fighers. So, why should we keep sending them money and support?" and would mean the end of the Colombia Plan and the Colombian goverment is too happy receiving US' Tax-payers' money to let it go just like that.
Quote: "The Colombian air force is to receive a secondhand Boeing 767-300 converted for tanker and VIP transport duties by Israel Aerospace Industries. The deal will build on a recent contract worth $230 million, under which the company will also supply Colombia with 24 ex-Israeli air force Kfir fighters and upgrade some of its existing inventory of the type. Israeli sources say the 767 will be equipped with a hose and drogue refuelling system."
Quote: "Israel Aerospace Industries has delivered the first upgraded Kfir fighters to the Colombian air force.
Upgrade activities include equipping the aircraft with new avionics, an EL/M-2032 fire control radar from IAI subsidiary Elta Systems, and a new electronic warfare suite. The modified aircraft will be designated as Kfir C-10s or C-12s, depending on their equipment fit."
Those will improve the FAC's airpower substantially.
Quote: "Believed to be from an initial batch of ex-Israeli air force Kfirs that have been modernised for Colombia by Israel Aerospace Industries, aircraft FAC-3004 suffered major damage after crossing a road and coming to rest against large rocks.
The two-seat trainer's starboard wing was severed in the incident, with its airframe also suffering further substantial damage in a resulting fire."